Greater Atlanta Hydraulic Dredging Services

Restore the beauty and usefulness of your pond, lake or stream with our hydraulic dredging services or mechanical dredging services.

Dredging is a low-impact, environmentally friendly method of removing excess sediment build-up from bodies of water.

What can dredging services do for me?

Over time, sediment builds up in lakes, ponds and streams, resulting in:

  • Less water storage
  • Murky, slow-moving currents
  • Algae and aquatic weed growth
  • Compromised fish habitat
  • Difficult boat navigation

Dredging removes problem-causing sediment and restores your pond, water hazard or stream to its former beauty and health.

River Sand Inc. serves Greater Atlanta and all of North Georgia, and we’ve done completed dredging projects all over the state. No project is too small or too large!

Dredging FAQs

What’s the difference between mechanical dredging and hydraulic dredging?

Hydraulic dredging uses pumps that vacuum excess sediment away. Hydraulic dredging works well when there is adequate area for dewatering and storage of excess sediment.
Mechanical dredging uses a dipper to physically scoop excess sediment out of the water. Mechanical dredging is very efficient if the area is accessible by land or by barge.

Do I need a permit to have dredging done on my property?

Permits vary by area. Contact your local U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office at to find out more. River Sand Inc. offers permitting as part of our dredging service.

How long does dredging take?

Generally speaking, it takes a few days to dredge a small pond and a few weeks for smaller lakes and coves. Projects more than 2,000 cubic yards take a few weeks to a couple of months. Once we assess your project, we can give you a more exact timeframe.

How much does dredging cost?

Dredging is often priced per cubic yard, but various factors affect the price of your project. We can give you a more accurate quote once we speak to you about specifics.

How far can you pump the sediment?

We can pump sediment more than a mile from its source.

Will dredging harm the fish in my lake or stream?

The aquatic habitat actually benefits from dredging. Dredging provides course substrate for spawning and exposes woody debris for cover. Many fisherman prefer to fish in areas that have been dredged. We make sure not to dredge any areas used for spawning during spawning season.


Just give us a call at 877-499-SAND. We look forward to serving you!